Massage therapist

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How much does a Massage Therapist make in the United States?

Average base salary
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33k salaries reported, updated at May 22, 2020
$30.12
per hour
The average salary for a massage therapist is $30.12 per hour in the United States.
Most common benefits
  • Free massages
  • Flexible schedule
  • Wellness program
  • Employee discount
  • Referral program

What does a Massage Therapist do?

A massage therapist works with clients one-on-one, using a variety of techniques to apply pressure to soft tissues. Massage may be used for rehabilitation, recovery, pain relief or simple relaxation. Massage therapists can work out of offices, in facilities that treat an injury or in client homes.

Working as a Massage Therapist

  • Evaluate clients' current level of functioning, accounting for injury or disease.
  • Discuss medical history with client, matching clients to effective therapy services.
  • Display positive, professional demeanor at all times.
  • Utilize manual manipulation techniques to help clients recover from injury or illness.
  • Conduct 45-minute long sessions, utilizing Swedish massage or trigger point release.

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Frequently asked questions
Common questions about being a Massage Therapist

What is the job outlook for massage therapists?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, massage therapists are expected to be in high demand over the next decade. Job growth is expected to be 22% between 2018 and 2028, which is a much higher growth than most other occupations.

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Where do massage therapists work?

Massage therapists may work in any number of settings. Most commonly, massage therapists work for personal care services. These businesses offer cosmetology and skin care treatments and are found all over the country. Many massage therapists work in medical offices which tend to specialize in physical therapy or chiropractic medicine. A growing number of massage therapists work in client homes.

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